Election Law, Schmelection Law

28 Sep

Oh, did you see this article in yesterday’s Buffalo News?

Until people decide that violations of the Election Law are worth pursuing, and until people decide that the equivalent of laundering political donations is a no-no, and someone actually comes in any makes-believe that this stuff is in some way important, then this stuff will keep on happening every cycle, every year, all the time.

A certain cynical subset of our already cynical local political world has made the calculation that the ends justify the means.  Sometimes the end is to win an election, but often enough, it’s just to destroy an opponent (Sam Hoyt and “Mothers and Fathers Looking for Answers“), as long as these blatant misdeeds are given the Barbrady treatment, nothing will change.

Because this stuff is important, it is a no-no, and it is worth pursuing.  The fact that no one bothers renders an already corrupt system more so, and leaves it vulnerable to the whims of scumbags.

11 Responses to “Election Law, Schmelection Law”

  1. Joe Genco September 28, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Sedita won’t act because of fear of Political retribution, the kind hacks mete out on one another when when someone threatens their fiefdom, not the stuff hard-working dolts like me understand. Ask anyone who sucks their living from the public dole. Clark and Sedita aren’t debating what they are, just negotiating the price. At the end of the day, they are no different than Pigeon, Lenihan or the rest of the political class. They operate on a different plane, by different rules and with a sense of entitlement.

  2. Bill Altreuter September 28, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    Charley Hines investigated judicial corruption. Robert Morgenthau made a career out of investigating fraud. That’s what real District Attorneys do. If Sedita really believed that he didn’t have the horses (which is possible, although I don’t particularly believe it) he could have gone to the AG’s office and asked for help. This is pretty shoddy stuff.

  3. mike hudson September 28, 2009 at 11:00 am #

    that article, above the fold on page one in a typeface generally reserved for presidential assassinations, was ridiculous. that aside, why is it that the alleged erie county election law violations have been characterized here as leaving the electoral system “vulnerable to the whims of scumbags,” alleged violations by acorn on a far larger scale, investigated by law enforcement officials in 15 states as well as the u.s. justice dept., have gone unnoticed here?

    • Alan Bedenko September 28, 2009 at 11:24 am #

      @hudson – it was “ridiculous”? Seemed like a lot of important people had a lot to say about something so “ridiculous”.

      This issue is local. ACORN, to my knowledge, is not accused of any Erie County wrongdoing. Perhaps the Niagara Falls Reporter could do a series on it? I’m not particularly interested in the voter registration fraud (that ACORN uncovered among its staffers and then passed on to the authorities) you mention.

  4. Jonas September 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    I don’t entirely doubt the story, but I also am skeptical about the veracity of Sacha’s claims as he sounds like a guy with a chip on his shoulder. If he has evidence against Pigeon, he should come forward with it, instead of making unsubstantiated accusations to the News.

  5. mike hudson September 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    alan…calling the people quoted in that article “important” reflects a provincialism i didn’t think you possessed. if, as you maintain, “A certain cynical subset of our already cynical local political world has made the calculation that the ends justify the means,” then why defend acorn, which would be that same subset writ large, in a much more important election for president of the united states.

    the acorn subset, which the current president’s campaign entered into an $800,000-plus contract prior to last year’s election, is currently under investigation in 15 states for election law violations, is under investigation by the irs for federal tax violations and under investigation by the u.s. justice dept. for lots of stuff. some of its workers were recently caught in the act of committing a crime by some kid with a camcorder. there can be little doubt that a war of holy righteousness would be raging right here if the organization was supporting republican rather than democratic candidates.

  6. Adam K. September 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    I have no doubt whatsoever as to the merits of the story. Pigeon has always had his hand in Sedita’s backside – not as bad as he had it in with Clark, but enough so he’ll never be prosecuted. 

    And who cares if the facts are true? The D.A. in the article declared that he will never prosecute any election law cases ever!!!!! Jesus Fucking Christ! It’s open season in WNY!!!

  7. forreal September 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    your jealously of Pigeon is painful

  8. Jonas September 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    Haha, the ACORN example actually works in Pigeon’s favor. An investigation is not guilt! How quickly people forget the “innocent until proven guilty” philosophy that is the bedrock of our legal system, as well as any that respects the rule of law, and opposes witch-hunts. All of the WNY Media crowd who hates Pigeon because of the ;little stunt in Albany he pulled are on a witch hunt. You have made an endless barrage of accusations about Steve Pigeon being corrupt and criminal, but none of you have a shred of evidence. Steve Pigeon is no different than Louis Ciminelli or Carl Paladino, or any other powerful guy who likes to throw his weight around. Steve Pigeon didn’t make Democrats and WFP members endorse baby Joe Mesi. The morons did it to themselves. Chris Collins won the Erie County Executive, not because of Pigeon, but because everyone was sick of the whole lot of Dems.. I worked on the Jim Keane campaign,because, as a progressive liberal, I thought I would support a Democrat. But I found that so many of the people in that circle were racist, xenophobic assholes, that I could start to see why anti-union sentiment existed. The problem isn’t Pigeon, or any one individual Democrat. The problem is these backwards ass union members who only care about getting a bigger paycheck while they sit around on their fat duffs, swilling down beer doing the minimum amount of work, and complaining about the Chinese. Maybe instead of throwing keg parties and giving money to Todaro-owned La Nova’s, the democrats should take a cue from Collins and learn how to run an organized, effective campaign by ditching the lazy union slobs.

  9. Don September 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Presuming the News got the Sedita response correctly he doesn’t prosecute election law violations without a referral from the Board of Elections. I think I like that. Just read the comments here – and consdier the common understanding that a DA, if so moved, could indict a ham sandwich. The matter was handled by the Clark team last year. The News reports
    Clark said the ADAs and the defense attorneys all gathered and all agreed with the plea deal. So is it surprising that Clark says he is disappointed with Sacha? He’s undoubledly disappointed with the News as well.

  10. mike hudson September 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    so bob mccarthy got up off the barstool long enough to get some guy named sacha — a classic disgruntled employee — to tell a story about steve pigeon. remarkable. it was around this time last year that mccarthy got a guy named bruce battaglia to tell another story about pigeon. the assertion that the fbi punted the prosecution of this nonsense to a local da’s office rather than having the doj doing it is beyond fantastic. never happened. and other than sacha, who was previously unknown to me and probably everyone else in western new york other than his family, the others quoted in the article were just responding to mccarthy and his gofer beebe’s leading questions, and saying sacha, whoever he is, is full of shit.

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